The development came about 15 hours after Trump revealed he had tested positive for coronavirus. The White House described the move as a precautionary measure and not as the product of an urgent deterioration in Trump’s condition.
Trump walked out of the White House residence at 6:16 p.m. ET – his first public appearance since his diagnosis was announced – wearing a mask and costume. He walked alone, unassisted, and showed no outward signs of illness.
He waved to the media but didn’t stop to speak. Also masked Chief of Staff Mark Meadows followed.
There has been no transfer of power to Vice President Mike Pence, White House spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said. “The president is in charge,” she said.
“Out of caution and on the recommendation of his doctor and medical experts, the president will be working from Walter Reed’s presidential offices for the next few days,” press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said. “President Trump appreciates the outpouring of support for both himself and the First Lady. ”
An administration official said Pence worked from his residence at the Naval Observatory and remained in good health.
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Trump has had a fever since Friday morning, a person familiar with the matter said, although an official said the fever remained in line with the White House’s description of “mild symptoms.”
Earlier in the afternoon, Trump’s doctor wrote in a note that he “remains tired but in a good mood.”
“It is evaluated by a team of experts, and together we will make recommendations to the President and the First Lady as to the next best steps,” wrote Navy Commander Dr Sean Conley.
He said Trump was given a cocktail of Regeneron polyclonal antibodies and was taking zinc, vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin and an aspirin daily.
The decision to give Trump a cocktail of experimental monoclonal antibodies illustrates how concerned the White House can be about his diagnosis of Covid-19, Dr. Jonathan Reiner, CNN medical analyst and professor at CNN told CNN on Friday. George Washington University.
“The great news is he got an investigational drug. He got a drug not approved by the FDA, ”said Reiner, who treated former Vice President Dick Cheney.
The memo also states that First Lady Melania Trump is staying well with only a mild cough and headache, and that the rest of the First Family is doing well and tested negative.
The president revealed early in the morning that he and the first lady had tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday.
The development threw the country’s leaders into turmoil and lent new uncertainty to the ongoing presidential race.
Moments before news broke that Trump was heading to Walter Reed, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said he was suspending negative publicity for now.
The Gang of Eight – top Congressional leaders and key lawmakers on House and Senate intelligence committees – were not told about Trump’s health, according to two well-known sources.
The group is generally aware of classified information and national security matters, the sources added.
Two officials from two previous administrations told CNN that the “presidential offices” consisted of a suite of rooms on Walter Reed’s expansive campus, comprising: a living room, a conference room and a hospital bedroom.
But officials, a Democrat and a Republican, both said the explanation in McEnany’s statement struck them as curious. The offices are not reserved for Presidential use, but the Office Suite is a place presidents can visit while on the medical campus.
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